It's Important To Bear Witness In Night By Elie Wiesel

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"Look, it's important to bear witness. Important to tell your story.... You cannot imagine what it meant spending a night death among death." These are the words spoken by Elie Wiesel when he speaks about his experience during the Holocaust and how it ended. Throughout his time in the different concentration camps, Elie had to endure the toughest of circumstances. The prisoners would not eat for days, were forced to go on marches that would last for miles, and through it all, many of the prisoners would just drop and none of them would have the will to go on. This destroyed everything a person had ever believed in. As a result of his experiences during the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel changes from a religious, sensitive boy to a spiritually dead, …show more content…

At his arrival at Birkenau, the innocent meaning Elie once had in his life just slipped away and he slowly comes to knowing that things are never going to be the same in his life. He is separated from his mother and sister not realizing that he would never see them again. I could not bear to lose my family. That alone would give me almost no will to live. He witnesses the deaths of many babies as he walks into the camp. He does not understand why so many lives are so easily ended. This is when he doubts God's justice for his followers. Within his first week of being in the camp, he is forced into a new identity and is stripped of every shred in dignity he has ever had. He slowly begins to doubt how any God would allow this treatment on the ones that follow him. In his book Night, Elie writes this. "Never Shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky. Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments murdered my God and my soul and turned my

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